Texas QB Shane Buechele announces transfer to SMU

By Hoss McBain

Texas quarterback Shane Buechele will transfer to SMU after completing his degree in May.

The Arlington Lamar product will be immediately eligibility as a graduate transfer and have two years of eligibility remaining with the Mustangs.

Buechele enters a quarterback room at SMU that desperately needs some immediate help at quarterback. The Mustangs lost all-time leading passer Ben Hicks as a graduate transfer to Arkansas earlier in the offseason. The only remaining players are all underclassmen. The only one with more than three pass attempts is William Brown. 

When Buechele arrived in Austin, many proclaimed him to be the player who would finally solidify the quarterback position after a revolving door after Colt McCoy. However, Buechele got beat out by a freshman Sam Ehlinger in 2017 and lost the job for good after an encouraging freshman year.

The junior was inserted against Baylor and Iowa State this year, and helped lead Texas to key victories. Since he appeared in only two games, he was eligible to earn a redshirt because of the new redshirt rules. 

Buechele leaves campus with 4,636 passing yards, 30 touchdowns and 16 interceptions for Texas. He is expected to immediately compete for the starting job in University Park. 

The move was expected for Texas, but leaves the Longhorns without an experienced backup. Redshirt freshman Casey Thompson is expected back, but he has yet to throw a collegiate pass. Highly-touted high school star Roschon Johnson will have a shot to compete for the immediately backup job. 

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